Operations Development of the International Space Station

When:  Feb 13, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section
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AIAA LA LV 2/13 evening event
(You do not need to be a member of AIAA to attend the event. Volunteers are needed for all AIAA activities)
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Operations Development of the International Space Station
Mark Pestana
Colonel, USAF (ret.)
This presentation describes how the US led the international cooperation between 16 nations, including Russia, in developing the International Space Station (ISS), which has been continuously occupied for two decades. Not a description of detailed construction history, this talk focuses on the challenges of culture, language, and technical approaches in developing ISS training, operations, and safety for astronauts and cosmonauts. Information about NASA and commercial programs for crew transportation, Moon, Mars, and space tourism will be included.
Mark Pestana, Colonel, USAF (ret), is a consulting research pilot and aerospace systems engineer, supporting NASA, FAA, and DOD. He is adjunct faculty in the Aviation Safety & Security Program at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.
As a NASA research pilot at Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA, he flew aeronautics research and global Earth science missions. He also flew remotely piloted UAVs for airspace integration research and sensor testing. He previously served at NASA Johnson Space Center as a flight crew operations engineer in the Astronaut Office, developing crew interfaces, procedures, and payload integration for the International Space Station and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
In the USAF, Col Pestana served as an orbit analyst in the NORAD Cheyenne Mtn. Complex, Colorado, and as a space operations officer with the DOD Space Test and Space Shuttle Programs. A rated Command Pilot, he logged 213 combat intelligence sorties. Col Pestana flew as a test operations pilot at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. He’s flown over 5000 hours in over 30 aircraft types. 
Col Pestana earned a BS in Natural Sciences and a USAF ROTC commission from Loyola University Los Angeles, and an MS in Systems Management/Research & Development from University of Southern California. Decorations include the Air Medal (9), Distinguished Service Medal (3), Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, and NASA Exceptional Service Medal. An award-winning aerospace artist, he’s a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists and the American Society of Aviation Artists. Fourteen of his paintings are in the USAF Pentagon collection. He has the unique distinction of designing nine Space Shuttle mission patches for the astronauts. Col Pestana is a board member of the non-profit Arts, Science, and Technology Corporation, providing volunteer support and education outreach services for K-12 STEAM programs (STEM + Art). He is an AIAA Senior Member. Hobbies include backpacking, photography, and astronomy.
Where? (maps below)
El Segundo Public Library
Sue Carter Friends of the El Segundo Public Library Community Room (Downstairs)
111 W Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(Library Parking and Street Parking available)
(West 110 Hwy / PCH 1, South of LAX/ 105 Hwy / Imperial Hwy. Close to LAX)
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6 PM - 9 PM, Introduction/Presentation at 6:30PM/6:45PM
(Seats/Tickets are limited. RSVP will end after Tuesday, February 11, 2020, or whenever all seats are filled.)
Dress Code
Business Casual
events.aiaalalv@gmail.com or (949)426-8175 (phone/text ok) (AIAA LA-LV Events/Program Chair)
Coordinating Organization: 
AIAA Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section
*Volunteers are needed, please contact:
AIAA LA-LV Section Chair (cgsonwane@gmail.com)


El Segundo Public Library, Community Room (Downstairs)
111 W Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245
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